‘Ridin’ with the wind’: A jazz singer is born in Taiwan

  The Wild East recently caught up with American comedy writer, artist and now singer/musician Trista di Genova, who is following her bliss in Taiwan  after performing her debut  ‘Riding with the Wind’ at Chez Maurice in Tamsui on Christmas Eve.  She calls on other would-be artists to ‘carry a guitar

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Why Xmas sucks, and what I’m doing about it

The Wild East / Comedy I’ve always enjoyed being in Asia for Christmas because they really don’t give a rat’s ass about it. For this very reason, we are able to have such niceties as Chinese restaurants to eat Christmas dinner in the West, for those who are too lazy

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Newsflash! U.S. writer/publisher declares presidential candidacy

The Wild East / Politics “I’m taking this opportunity,” April 1st, April Fools Day, “because it’s time for fools like you and me, to rush into democracy.” Presidential candidate Trista di Genova has declared presidential candidacy — while abroad. During her announcement at the speaker’s podium of the Taiwan student-occupied

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How to tell someone off in Chinese

吵架必备汉语 The must-learn Chinese words when you are fighting with someone. 1. Go to hell. qù sǐ ba 。 去死吧。 2. You’re a jerk! nǐ shì gè fèi wù / hún qiú ! 你是个废物/混球! 3. Who do you think you are? nǐ yǐ wéi nǐ shì sheí ? 你以为你是谁? 4.

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‘Gonzo’ returns for night of glee @ Taipei Comedy Club

Dan “Gonzo” Machanik in Association with The Taipei Comedy Club Presents “Gonzo Returns to Treasure Island” 10pm Friday 10th January, $200, Taipei 卡米地 comedy club. 忠孝東路4段553巷20號, Taipei, Taiwan 110. Nearest MRT: Taipei City Hall. One Night Only, Taiwan Comedy Legend Dan “Gonzo” Machanik brings his no-holes-barred, brand of Ex-Pat humor

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George Psalmanazar: Taiwan’s first diplomat!

By Sean Kaiteri / Culture Vulture for The Wild East In 1703, England received her first ever exotic traveler from Formosa (Now Taiwan): a charming man who enjoyed telling everyone all the crazy and foreign things he and his “people” did from the faraway land. One problem? That man was

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Your Temple Is My Office

By Trista di Genova / The Wild East / Comedy There’s a temple I frequent in East Taipei, but I won’t say exactly where it is for fear other people will come and ‘rush’ it. For when you hear how awesome my office-temple is, you will have the urge to

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Hungarian loses appetite at Taiwan breakfast shop

By Frank V., for The Wild East Offering my Hungarian-Jew-style comedy to Taipei Comedy Club guests for the third time some weeks ago, I felt the support of the local audience again, which is the best drug for a comedian. I always wonder why comedy has no tradition in Taiwan,

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Upon visiting a McDonald’s in an Asian city

The Wild East / Comedy Got off the bus. Saw the yellow arches and headed towards that venerable international institution. My friend, whose birthday it is this evening, may have looked back from his seat on the bus and wondered why I hadn’t entered the MRT station. Instead, I made

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I scored some Prozac at the Tokyo Drugstore

Comedy / The Wild East magazine My friend and I wanted to get high, but didn’t know any dealers. So we walked into a Tokyo Drugstore – that’s a promising name, for starters – to see what kind of over-the-counter goodies we could score without a prescription. I knew the

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